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[fool-proof] /ˈfulˌpruf/
involving no risk or harm, even when tampered with.
a foolproof method.
Origin of foolproof
1900-05, Americanism; fool1 + -proof Unabridged
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  • Though a prevalent ploy in nature, the fake-eye look isn't foolproof.
  • The only foolproof way to improve the public understanding of science across the board is through the educational system.
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  • For now, though, vigilance remains the only safeguard-albeit not a foolproof one.
  • It is not foolproof: not even the rich can buy off all hazards, and rich countries and individuals will make poor decisions.
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  • But the process is not foolproof because markets can also be wrong.
British Dictionary definitions for foolproof


proof against failure; infallible: a foolproof idea
(esp of machines) proof against human misuse, error, etc
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Word Origin and History for foolproof

also fool-proof, 1902, American English, "safe against the incompetence of a fool," from fool (n.) + proof.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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